School Photos with Personality

Timeless & candid school photography for schools, preschools, and daycares

School photos don't have to be boring!

It IS possible to have great school portraits that capture a child's personality and uniqueness! I work hard at helping kids relax and feel at ease, so they can enjoy having their picture taken and show off their natural expressions and personality. And parents love the results. These are the type of school portraits you'll be proud to display in your home!

What's different about school photos with Valerie Smith Photography?

  • Customizable - individual, group, sibling, and staff photos are available.
  • Multiple poses - each child's gallery contains 2-5 poses, in both color and black & white
  • Indoor backdrops that are simple and classic, in neutral colors like gray
  • Outdoor option - portraits can be done outdoors from late spring to early fall.
  • Online ordering - no need for envelopes or pre-payment


“The moment we accessed Jane’s website, we were instantly drawn to her work. Jane is like sunshine; she comes into your life and brings so much light, joy, and energy.“

Andy Ferguson

“Jane’s art is filled with vibrant colors and intricate details that are impossible to miss. Her work is a true reflection of her personality - warm, welcoming, and full of life.“

Andy Ferguson

Kind Words From Schools

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Testimonials from parents

"These are the best school photos I've seen in a long time. My son's pictures are wonderful!"

-Robbin J.

"You captured the beauty and personality of my daughter just right!"

-Melissa G.

Hi, I'm Valerie - photographer

and mom to six kids

As a mom of six, I understand that each child is unique and special. My goal as a school photographer is to capture a little of each child's personality. I use a bit of conversation along with fun prompts to help each child relax so I can capture their natural smiles and expressions.

Frequently asked questions


How do parents order photos?

I provide an online proofing gallery with 2-5 images of each child, in both color and black & white. Parents can order both prints and digital photos directly from the gallery.

What ages and school sizes can you photograph?

I photograph kids of all ages, from infants to teens. I can work with school sizes from 20 to 140 students.

When do you offer school portraits?

While school photos are traditionally taken in the fall, I offer school photos at any time of year from fall to spring. For daycares, summer photos are also an option.

Do you offer group/staff/sibling photos?

Yes, I do. If class photos are desired, they are included for no additional charge. Staff photos are also free of charge. I can also do sibling photos.

Can you do photos outdoors?

Absolutely! Outdoor portraits are some of my favorites. School photos can be scheduled outdoors during the early fall and late spring, weather permitting.

Ready to book your school photo day?